NFL reopening Josh Brown probe; he won't travel to London

The NFL is reopening its investigation into Giants kicker Josh Brown in light of the release of additional documents regarding his May 2015 domestic violence arrest. In addition, the Giants announced Thursday that Brown will not travel with the team to London for Sunday's game against the Rams.

NFL.com obtained 165 pages of documents from the King County (Washington) Sheriff's Office on Wednesday regarding Brown's arrest. It includes a signed document in which he admitted to physically, verbally and emotionally abusing his then-wife, Molly Brown. Further documentation obtained Thursday details Josh allegedly violating a restraining order, three 911 calls Molly made and the difficulty prosecutors encountered in trying to get her to cooperate with them in their investigation.

"In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London," the team said in a statement.

"The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence. Josh has acknowledged that he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy and counseling for a long period of time. We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts."

The NFL stated it will thoroughly review the newly revealed allegations against Brown, who practiced with the Giants on Thursday.

"NFL investigators made repeated attempts -- both orally and in writing -- to obtain any and all evidence and relevant information in this case from the King County Sheriff's Office," the league said in a Thursday statement. "Each of those requests was denied and the Sheriff's Office declined to provide any of the requested information, which ultimately limited our ability to fully investigate this matter. We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion. It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time."

"In light of the release of these documents yesterday, we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time.

The league suspended Brown one game at the beginning of the 2016 season for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy after conducting a 10-month long investigation.

After learning of Brown's arrest in May 2015, the NFL became aware of a court statement filed by Brown's wife alleging previous altercations with her husband. Molly declined to speak to league investigators about the alleged incidents and law enforcement officials declined requests from the NFL for information.

King County prosecutors investigating the case also had difficulty getting Molly to cooperate with their investigation, according to sheriff's documents obtained by NFL.com. In a letter to the King County Sheriff's Dept., prosecuting attorney Richard L. Anderson wrote in May that a lack of cooperation from Molly coupled with family and other witnesses failing to come forward was jeopardizing a potential case against Josh.

"Absent further evidence/testimony/statements from the above listed individuals (at a minimum -- there may be others that would also be relevant that are brought to light as a result), the State is unable to file these charges," Anderson wrote. "If the victim does not wish to continue prosecution, or if she declines to assist you in obtaining and providing access to these witnesses, then you may consider this a decline of formal charges in these cases."

Among the information provided by the King County Sheriff's Dept. on Thursday were photos taken of Molly's wrists after Brown's arrest in May. In addition to his arrest, the documents reveal Molly reported Josh violated a restraining order when he allegedly drove by her house in July 2015. Molly called police at least three times between May and July 2015 to report incidents involving her husband.

After its initial investigation, the NFL concluded Brown violated the league's personal conduct policy based on evidence provided in the police report from his arrest, which included statements provided by Molly to police. A hearing officer upheld the suspension on appeal from Brown and the NFL Players Association, according to an August statement from the league on its investigation into Brown.

Speaking on WFAN in New York on Thursday, Giants co-owner John Mara said "it's too early to tell" if Brown will remain on the team in light of the domestic violence revelations. Mara also said the Giants were aware of an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred between Josh and Molly in Hawaii during the week of the 2016 Pro Bowl.

"You're never comfortable about these things and we were obviously disturbed by it, but based on what we knew ... we were comfortable with the decision to continue to employ him," Mara said. "In light of the new facts that have come out we made a decision at least for this week to make him inactive. I can't answer that right now what the future holds for him, but we need to gather more information and try to make as intelligent of a decision as we can."

Mara said there's a chance Brown could be placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List, which temporarily places non-playing players from counting against a team's active list limit. Rapoport reported the NFL is possibly considering the move.

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